Political drama Our People from Slovakia won the Co-Pro Pitching Session at Series Mania

Political drama Our People from Slovakia won the Co-Pro Pitching Session at Series Mania
Laurence Herszberg, the founder, and general director of Series Mania, along with professional jury president Nina Lederman (USA), EVP Global Scripted Development & Programming, Sony Pictures Television, announced this evening the winning project of Series Mania Forum’s annual Co-Pro Pitching Sessions. Out of the 15 projects selected and pitched on the first day of Series Mania Forum, the jury team selected Slovakia's political drama Our People (6 x52’) as the winner of the Series Mania Forum Best Project Award.

The esteemed jury, comprising Marco Chimenz (Italy), Group Co-General Manager, Federation Studios; Jennifer Ebell (United Kingdom), EVP, EMEA Sales and Acquisitions at FIFTH SEASON; Marianne Furevold-Boland (Norway), Head of Drama, NKR; and Karin Marelle (United Kingdom), VP Program Acquisitions & Co-Productions, Starz, had the honor of presenting a €50,000 check to Dmytro Sukhanov, Natalia Libet, and Anna Rożalska.

Our People is produced by Jakub Viktorín and Tomáš Hrubý for nutprodukcia. It is written by Tereza Nvotová and Miro Sifra, and directed by Tereza Nvotová. The series revolves around the murder of a journalist that disrupts the balance of power in Slovakia. 

"The winning project is a smart, thoughtful, compelling story that enlightens and entertains while giving power to truth. We encourage the writing and producing team to pursue their goal," commented Lederman.

"The Co-Pro Pitching Sessions are one of the most anticipated parts of the Series Mania Forum, and we are delighted to award the €50,000 prize to 'Our People.' We are extremely pleased that our distinguished jury chose to recognize this explosive political drama from Slovakia, which delves into the murder of an investigative journalist and brings to the forefront the questions surrounding free speech—an issue very important today. This story also emphasizes the fact that important local stories, when told strongly, will resonate worldwide," commented Herszberg.